Tom Hardy's feminine Lawless character

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A Western crime drama starring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy & Jason Clarke as three brothers who find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia. Based on the novel "The Wettest County in the World" by Matt Bondurant.
August 5th, 2012

Tom Hardy was fascinated by the ''female'' side of his 'Lawless' character.

The actor plays bare-knuckle boxing bootlegger Forrest Bondurant in the forthcoming movie - which also stars Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman - and though he admits he has to depict some ''horrific'' behaviours, he signed on for the role because of Forrest's ''caring'' nature.

He explained: ''He does some pretty horrific things. From cutting people's testicles off to using knuckledusters. And yet this is a man who also mothers two boys, his brothers. He has to feed them, look after them, he doesn't drink. He's a carer.

''He's a specific type of man. What interested me was the female role in this guy. And what the nature of violence is to men. Non-egotistical violence, non-macho violence. Violence from within the cardigan.''

Tom has grown a beard for the movie, and while he isn't bothered about his new look, he admits it does have some drawbacks.

He added to Esquire magazine: ''I have to grow a beard for the character. It's really ginger and wild. But I don't give a f**k about it, personally.

''My fiancée doesn't give a f**k about it. She'd like to have my lips back and I'd like to feel hers.

''But on the whole, the beard is welcomed by a lot of people.''